$34M LBCC Bond Measure to go on Ballot

Benton CenterALBANY, Ore. — Voters in the Linn-Benton Community College District will be asked to approve a bond measure in November, to help expand some of the college’s programs.

On Wednesday, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to send the $34 million bond measure to voters who live in the college’s district, mainly in Linn and Benton Counties.

The measure would replace a $19 million measure that voters passed in 2000. The college would expand multiple programs, including its industrial programs at the Albany campus, and its Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon. The bond measure would also pay for the construction of a new health occupations training center in Lebanon, and expand the Benton Center facility in Corvallis.

If it passes, homeowners would continue to pay 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

“One would be paid off, then this would be a new bond measure that would maintain the current rate of the old one,” said LBCC Spokesperson Dale Stowell.

LBCC is also proposing to purchase Washington Park from the City of Corvallis to expand the Benton Center and offer more parking.

“The parking problem is so severe that we are unable to fully utilize the facility that we already have,” Stowell said. “We have to program classes in waves.”

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